Ford’s 2024 F-150’s Pro Access tailgate is perhaps over-engineered, but unbelievable

  • The 2024 Ford F-150 Pro Access tailgate is their most accessible tailgate ever
  • It has a small swing-out door built-in
  • It stops at 37, 70, and 100 degrees

Published on May 24, 2024 at 7:14 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on May 25, 2024 at 2:05 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

The 2024 Ford F-150 Pro Access tailgate has a small swing-out door built in.

Its aim is to elevate the humble tailgate, which has always been a pretty simple formula.

It’s being touted as super useful.

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Only trucks below the top trim Raptor and Raptor R will offer the Pro Access Tailgate.

It’s ideal for those who use the bed of their truck more often than they go off-roading.

With trucks getting bigger and taller, and beds becoming harder to reach as a result, it makes accessing the back of a truck easier.

Per Ford themselves, it’s designed to allow for more ‘access and utility’.  

Ford says the nifty new tailgate gives an additional 19 inches of reach into the bed ‘compared to a conventional tailgate in the ‘down’ position.’

And they’ve spent a century working on the perfect solution since the tailgate of the Ford Model A in the 1920s.

“For the 2024 model year, customers can choose to more easily access the Ford F-150 truck bed after Ford widened the step cut-out and increased bumper depth to create our best tailgate experience yet: Pro Access Tailgate,” Ford said.

“The F-150 with the available Pro Access Tailgate is the only pickup in its class to offer a 100-degree fully opened integrated swing gate.”

Ford has always been innovative, and once considered creating the most bizarre sports RV that was also an office.

And it’s not their only recent innovation, as patent drawings show Ford is preparing revolutionary use for the frunk.

The Pro Access Tailgate has three stops at 37, 70, and 100 degrees.

The 37-degree opening is to avoid trailer jacks while giving owners limited access to the bed.

The 70-degree gives a wider aperture, but makes the swing gate stick close to the jamb for places with tighter access or when parked in close quarters.

Meanwhile, the 100-degree opening is the widest setting, it’s especially useful for larger items.

The door doesn’t open past that to avoid causing to the rest of the gate.

Customers can also choose to stick with a classic tailgate.

In addition to the Pro Access tailgate, Ford has widened the step cut-out and made the bumper deeper to make climbing in and out of the bed easier.

Additionally, the 2024 Ford F-150 has optional bed dividers and a tonneau cover for even more utility.

Think that’s innovative? Check out the Baojun Yep mini EV that has a digital screen on its tailgate.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.